SMVDU was created under an Act of the J&K State Legislature in 1999 as a fully residential technical University, the first of it's kind in J&K. Recognized by UGC under Section 2(f) & 12(B) of the UGC Act of 1956, the university receives funding from UGC.
His Excellency the Governor of J&K, Sh. N N Vohra is the Chancellor of the University while Prof. Sudhir. K Jain is the 4th Vice-Chancellor of the University. Mrs. Roop Avtar Kaur, IFS is the Registrar of the University.